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COVID-19 Live Updates | Virginia has 2,200+ patients hospitalized

You'll find important information about coronavirus cases as well as the impacts that COVID-19 is having on life in Hampton Roads and in northeastern North Carolina.

Web Editor's Note: As of November 7, 2020, we will be using the combined total of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 when we report daily numbers. That figure is what departments of health use in making their decisions about coronavirus. Prior to that date, the figures we used represented confirmed cases only.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

9:28 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reached 836,140 total coronavirus cases and 12,312 COVID-19 deaths this morning. That's counting all reported infections since March 2020.

Today alone, the health department added 3,335 newly reported coronavirus cases.

Virginia's hospitals were treating 2,211 patients for the disease today.

Out of those patients, 567 people were in ICU wards and 347 people needed to be on ventilators.

Here are the latest vaccination numbers for Virginia:

  • Vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,806,630 (68% of total population, 80.6% of 18+ population)
  • People fully vaccinated: 5,019,175 (58.8% of total population, 70.3% of 18+ population)

The local case numbers for Virginia hadn't been updated by 9:28 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 20

4:37 p.m.

North Carolina saw 3,257 newly-reported COVID-19 cases Monday. The state has seen 1,346,316 total cases since the pandemic began.

Saturday saw 6,605 new cases and Sunday had 5,962. Since the state's dashboard isn't updated on the weekends, the new case count wasn't reported until today.

Right now, 3,323 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 887 people are in an ICU.

There have been 15,776 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

9:44 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 2,377 COVID-19 cases to its running count Monday morning. The state has seen 836,140 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,158 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 549 are being treated in an ICU.

12,312 people across the state have died from COVID-19.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 99
  • Chesapeake -- 61
  • Norfolk -- 52
  • Newport News -- 59
  • Hampton -- 41
  • Portsmouth -- 42
  • James City County -- 15
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • York County -- 13
  • Gloucester County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 11
  • Poquoson -- 5
  • Mathews County -- 3

Friday, Sept. 17

1:08 p.m.

The North Carolina coronavirus dashboard added 7,905 new coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, but a statement on the health department's website indicated that some of the cases should have been reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, NCDHHS experienced a technical issue that prevented some laboratory data files from being processed in the NC COVID reporting system. As a result, case and test data are lower for Thursday, Sept. 16, than they would have been had all data been processed. Case and test data reported on Friday, Sept. 17, will be higher as it will incorporate cases that were intended to be submitted on Thursday, Sept. 16. NCDHHS has resolved the technical issue.

In all, the Tar Heel State has reached 1,330,492 total coronavirus cases since March 2020.

Today, 3,573 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 cases in North Carolina.

9:27 a.m.

Virginia saw 4,212 newly-reported COVID-19 cases since yesterday's update. Since the pandemic began, there have been 827,197 total cases.

Right now, there are 2,174 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 621 people are hospitalized in an ICU. Hospitalizations haven't been this high since early February.

12,242 people have died from the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 165
  • Chesapeake -- 92
  • Norfolk -- 72
  • Newport News -- 102
  • Hampton -- 68
  • Portsmouth -- 46
  • James City County -- 40
  • Suffolk -- 34
  • York County -- 24
  • Gloucester County -- 25
  • Isle of Wight County -- 25
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 1

Thursday, Sept. 16

2:05 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said there were 7,160 newly reported COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon.

There are currently 3,620 patients in hospitals across North Carolina being treated for the virus. The daily percent positivity rate is 11.0% at this time.

In NC, vaccination efforts are still happening. There are 68% of adults in NC who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine and 63% of adults in the state that are fully vaccinated.

9:44 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,144 Virginians in hospitals for COVID-19 this morning.

Among those patients, 544 people were in ICU wards for serious cases.

In the year and a half since the pandemic reached Virginia, the health department has tracked 822,985 total coronavirus cases. Today alone, it added 4,181 newly reported cases.

At least 12,207 Virginians have died from COVID-19 since March 2020.

Here's how vaccination rates stood for Virginia this morning:

  • People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,596,532 (65.6% of total population, 77.8% of adults 18+)
  • People fully vaccinated: 4,961,338 (58.1% of total population, 69.3% of 18+ population)

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 250
  • Chesapeake -- 96
  • Norfolk -- 88
  • Newport News -- 87
  • Hampton -- 77
  • Portsmouth -- 48
  • James City County -- 33
  • Suffolk -- 32
  • York County -- 32
  • Gloucester County -- 22
  • Isle of Wight County -- 18
  • Poquoson -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 4

Wednesday, Sept. 15

2:45 p.m.

There have been 1,315,427 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina since the pandemic started. There have also been 15,405 deaths from the disease.

Today, the state health department added 7,277 new infections.

There were 3,630 people in state hospitals for cases of the novel coronavirus today.

According to the state's dashboard, about 48.4% of North Carolina's ventilators are currently being used to keep people alive.

9:24 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 4,066 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday morning. The state has seen 818,804 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,155 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 537 people are in an intensive care unit and 352 are getting ventilator support.

12,170 people have died from the virus in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 213
  • Norfolk -- 117
  • Chesapeake -- 111
  • Newport News -- 63
  • Hampton -- 59
  • Portsmouth -- 57
  • Suffolk -- 46
  • James City County -- 35
  • Gloucester County -- 29
  • Isle of Wight County -- 26
  • York County -- 20
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 3

Tuesday, Sept. 14

1:55 p.m.

Today, the state of North Carolina reported 4,760 new cases of coronavirus. There have been 1,308,150 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. 

There are 3,690 patients currently hospitalized due to coronavirus across the Tar Heel state. 955 adult patients with COVID-19 are in ICU wards, and 19% of COVId-19 patients statewide are utilizing ventilators. 

51% of the state population is fully vaccinated. Click here to find a vaccine spot near you.

9:35 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 3,659 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning. The state has seen 814,738 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,117 being treated in hospitals for the virus. 546 people are in an intensive care unit and 344 are getting ventilator support.

12,118 people have died from the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 161
  • Norfolk -- 54
  • Chesapeake -- 96
  • Newport News -- 99
  • Hampton -- 64
  • Portsmouth -- 54
  • Suffolk -- 36
  • James City County -- 19
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Gloucester County -- 41
  • York County -- 16
  • Poquoson -- 6
  • Mathews County -- 1

Monday, Sept. 13

12:21 p.m.

Today, the state of North Carolina added 5,346 newly-reported cases to its running count. There have been 1,303,390 total cases since the pandemic began.

The state's Department of Health and Human Services reported 11,337 new cases on Saturday and 7,207 on Sunday. 

They said there was a technical issue with the number of new cases released on Friday, Sept. 10. According to the department, today's data is higher because it has cases that were intended to be submitted on Friday.

Right now, 3,514 people statewide are being treated in hospitals for the virus. There are 894 people being treated in an intensive care unit.

15,247 people in North Carolina have died from COVID-19.

9:28 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,303 new cases this morning. The state has seen 811,079 cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,103 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 538 people are hospitalized in an ICU and 333 are getting ventilator support. Hospitalizations in Virginia are the highest since mid-February.

12,089 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 143
  • Norfolk -- 81
  • Chesapeake -- 64
  • Newport News -- 54
  • Hampton -- 45
  • Portsmouth -- 39
  • Suffolk -- 29
  • James City County -- 16
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Gloucester County -- 11
  • York County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 7

Friday, Sept. 10

1:23 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 5,877 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

There are currently 3,756 people receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19 in NC. Since the pandemic started the state has seen 15,075 people die from the virus.

At this time, the state's daily positivity rate is 12.1%. 

Health leaders have been working daily to get more people vaccinated against the virus. In the state, 67% of adults have at least gotten one dose of the shot and 62% of adults are fully vaccinated there.

9:36 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 4,479 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard Friday morning. This brings the state to 801,827 total cases counted since the pandemic started.

Currently, there are 2,150 people in hospitals across the state receiving treatment for COVID-19. That includes patients whose test results are still pending.

VDH said 12,036 people in the state have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 130
  • Norfolk -- 104
  • Hampton -- 80
  • Newport News -- 74
  • Chesapeake -- 116
  • Portsmouth -- 51
  • James City County -- 48
  • Suffolk -- 35
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 19
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 4

Thursday, Sept. 9

4:13 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Health Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen are urging people to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19.

In a Thursday afternoon briefing, they highly encouraged people to get vaccinated, saying it's the most effective way to get out of the pandemic.

"How many more people have to get sick and die because people don't get this miraculous, God-given, effective and extraordinarily safe vaccine," Cooper asked.

Dr. Cohen noted one of the most troubling metrics is the rising number of hospitalizations. 

Over 3,800 people are in the hospital with COVID-19 and the state is approaching the second week that over 900 people are requiring ICU treatment. A third of the people hospitalized are under the age of 49.

The entire state is at a "red" level, meaning there's a high level of COVID-19 transmission. Dr. Cohen is strongly advising people to wear a mask indoors and in public settings until more people get vaccinated.

Dr. Cohen said the case rates are highest for those 17 years and younger. For the week ending Sept. 4, they made up a third of the state's new cases.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 among younger people, both Gov. Cooper and Dr. Cohen highlighted the state's efforts to encourage teens to get vaccinated. Dr. Cohen reminded people of TeenVaxFacts.com, a website for teenagers to stay in the know about COVID-19 vaccinations and their benefits.

They're also pushing for school districts to have mask mandates. Right now, 109 school districts covering more than 95% of children require masks.

2:28 p.m.

North Carolina saw a jump of 6,290 new cases since yesterday. There have been 1,273,623 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 3,815 people across the state are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 919 patients are in an adult ICU.

15,004 people in the state have died from COVID-19.

9:35 a.m.

Virginia has 3,952 newly-reported cases since yesterday's update. The state has seen 797,348 cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,176 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 514 people are hospitalized in an ICU and 294 are getting ventilator support. Hospitalizations in Virginia are the highest since mid-February.

12,010 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 203
  • Norfolk -- 68
  • Hampton -- 60
  • Newport News -- 72
  • Chesapeake -- 87
  • Portsmouth -- 51
  • James City County -- 39
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 24
  • Mathews County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 12

Wednesday, Sept. 8

2:42 p.m.

North Carolina added 4,752 new cases to their COVID-19 dashboard today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,267,333 total cases. 

Today, there are 3,790 people hospitalized due to the virus in the Tar Heel State, with 928 of those being in adult ICU wards. 

17% of COVID patients in ICU wards statewide are currently on ventilators.

To find a place near you in North Carolina to get vaccinated, click here. 

9:34 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 4,474 new cases to its official count Wednesday morning. The state has seen 793,391 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,161 people across the state are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 504 people are being treated in an ICU.

11,977 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 269
  • Norfolk -- 130
  • Hampton -- 75
  • Newport News -- 124
  • Chesapeake -- 140
  • Portsmouth -- 99
  • James City County -- 21
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 26
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 7
  • Poquoson -- 10

Tuesday, Sept. 7

12:20 p.m.

North Carolina has seen 1,262,581 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

There are 4,124 newly added cases since yesterday. The state's Department of Health and Human Services released the new case counts for the weekend and Labor Day. Here's where they stand:

  • Saturday: 8,515
  • Sunday: 7,275
  • Monday: 5,274

Right now, 3,779 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 927 patients are in an adult ICU.

14,831 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

11:00 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,007 new COVID-19 cases across the state. There have been 788,917 cases since the pandemic began.

The state hasn't updated information about hospitalizations in Virginia yet.

18 people have died from the virus since yesterday's update. There have been 11,947 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

Here's where the state's vaccinations stand:

  • People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,527,302 (64.8% of total population, 76.9% of adults 18+)
  • People fully vaccinated: 4,894,969 (57.3% of total population, 68.5% of adults 18+)

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 142
  • Norfolk -- 6
  • Hampton -- 40
  • Newport News -- 71
  • Chesapeake -- 81
  • Portsmouth -- 47
  • James City County -- 15
  • Suffolk -- 33
  • Gloucester County -- 25
  • York County -- 17
  • Isle of Wight County -- 17
  • Mathews County -- 4
  • Poquoson -- 11

Monday, Sept. 6

12:17 p.m.

Because today is Labor Day, North Carolina health officials aren't updating their dashboards. They'll resume publication tomorrow.

9:46 a.m.

Virginia has had 2,395 newly reported cases since the previous update. The state has seen 786,910 total cases since the pandemic began.

Currently, 1,981 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 483 people are hospitalized in an ICU. Some of these patients have COVID-19 test results that are pending.

11,929 people statewide have died from the virus.

The state's Department of Health did not update COVID-19 information for localities, so the number of newly reported cases for Hampton Roads isn't available yet.